Nanta (show)

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Formation 1997
Type Theatre group
Purpose Non-verbal physical theatre

Nanta (Hangul난타; Hanja亂打, also known as Cookin or Cookin' Nanta) is a South Korean non-verbal comedy show that incorporates traditional samul nori rhythm.[1] It premiered in October 1997 in Hoam Art Hall in Seoul.[2]

A Nanta performance at the LG Life Tastes Good Championship, in Bangkok, 2009
Nanta performance at Jeju


Cookin' Nanta teddy bear display at the Teddy Bear Museum in N Seoul Tower, South Korea

The musical has a simple back story of three cooks attempting to finish preparing a wedding banquet within a strict time limit while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case is performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives. The performance is almost completely non-verbal. The very few words which are spoken are mostly in English.[3][4]


Nanta is the longest-running show in Korean history. In Korea it is performed in three theatres in Seoul as well as in one theatre on the island of Jeju. The musical made its international debut at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received an award for best performance.[5] Since then it has been staged in 18 countries around the world. Nanta opened off Broadway in New York City in 2004[6][7][8] and ended its run in August 2005.[9]

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  1. ^ "Unique Percussion Performance Nanta". Chosun Ilbo. 14 December 1998. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
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  3. ^ 제주난타, 개관 1주년 맞아 (in Korean). Newsis. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  4. ^ "난타 [亂打, Nanta]" (in Korean). Naver encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Nanta". Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "세계를 '난타'하려면 코스닥 가야죠"-송승환 (in Korean). 머니투데이(Money Today). Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  7. ^ 전 세계인이 무대에서 하나되는 공연 '난타' (in Korean). Aving Korea. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  8. ^ [뉴스테이션] 전용관 공연 1만회…‘난타’ 세계를 두드렸다 (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Cookin' Tickets and Information". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 

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